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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed guide, worth it just for the stats!, 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim: Official Game Guide (Paperback)
I'll say this for Bethesda: they're games may be as buggy as an entomologist's cupboard on release, but they sure know how to put together a game guide. It's the same thickness and weight as the average telephone book, full colour and 650 pages long.

I had misgivings about buying it a few days after first obtaining Skyrim, fearing that I may accidentally spoil the game, but I saw it there in [insert name of local game shop] for the RRP of £20 (I'll repeat that: RRP is twenty quid. Not £49.99 or any of the other silly prices I've seen), and bought it on impulse.

I'm glad I did. The first hundred or so pages deal with stats, race bonuses and so on, giving you the figures that the Skyrim UI tends to gloss over. A handy chart will tell you which races get a 5-point sneak bonus for example, and other sections will go into detail about suggested character builds.

There are lengthy tables giving details about the alchemical properties of plants, information about enchatments and spells, weapon stats and useful pointers about the crafting and smithing that's been introduced in this game. It also covers perks as well, which I found useful because the wretched perks interface in the game itself makes it very difficult to compare things.

The tome even comes with a map, which appears to be in the ballpark of A1 size. It's currently on the wall next to my PC.

I'll be honest and say now that I haven't read it from cover to cover, because I'm still playing Skyrim. I have however gone through the quests I have completed so far, and compared them to the walkthroughs, and I can vouch for its coverage of the quests I've done so far.

A typical 'Quest' section will give you details of loot, conversation options and also local maps, various tips and also info about follow-up activities for after the quest.

This is far from the flimsy padded-manual that passes for many strategy guides by lesser publishers. It's deep and detailed, and if you're a fan of Skyrim it's well worth £20 of anyone's money. Don't pay the overpriced sums quoted by some of the more unscrupulous vendors on the interweb. It really isn't worth £150.

For the record it's worth pointing out that Bethesda's guides to fallout, Oblivion and Morrowind are similarly hefty :)
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